Cover Crop Demo Plots

Three cover crop demo plots were seeded this fall with the help of American Farmland Trust and Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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Illinois' Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

 “The focus in on reducing nutrient losses to the environment—not on reducing nutrient uses by Illinois agriculture.”
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Cover Crop Workshops March 31 and April 1

The Rock Island SWCD is hosting two Cover Crop field days this spring. One plot is in the north part of Rock Island County and one is in a familiar spot in the southern part of Rock Island.

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Meetings

The Rock Island County SWCD meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of the month.  Check our meeting schedule and join us!

Sales

Rock Island County SWCD holds annual fall and spring fish sales.  All proceeds support conservation in Rock Island County.  Click to see sales that are currently underway and place an order online!  Thanks for your support!

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Rock Island County SWCD News and Blog

“The focus in on reducing nutrient losses to the environment—not on reducing nutrient uses by Illinois agriculture,”

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Understanding Illinois’ Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

“Nutrient pollution is a major threat to water quality. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus carried in runoff from city streets and farm fields or flowing out of wastewater treatment plants can fuel algae blooms that decrease oxygen needed by aquatic plants and animals. In... read more

Winter/Spring 2015 Newsletter

 Download RISWCD’s 2015 Winter/Spring Newsletter Featuring: Cover Crop Workshops Upcoming Partner Events Illinois’ Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Funding to Reduce Nutrient Loss Vegetative Filter Strips- Reduced Taxes Pollinator Habitat Cover Crop... read more

Cover Crop Workshops March 31 and April 1, 2015

The Rock Island SWCD is hosting two Cover Crop field days this spring on March 31st and April 1st, 2015. One plot is in the north part of Rock Island County and one is in a familiar spot in the southern part of Rock Island. Cover crops are being promoted to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health, help with compaction problems, and reduce the loss of nutrients from crop fields into area streams and lakes.

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Urban Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop Planned

A workshop will be held at Jumer’s Hotel in Rock Island to discuss erosion and sediment control on area construction sites on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. The workshop will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Topics include NPDES permit updates from IL EPA AND the Iowa DNR, a review of local ordinances by city and county officials on both sides of the river, plus best management practices used on construction sites. The latest updates to the Illinois Urban Manual will also be discussed.

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2015 Conservation Cropping Seminars

January 27, 2015- Sycamore, IL
February 4, 2015- Mattoon, IL
February 18, 2015- Macomb, IL
Curious about Cover Crops? Want to learn more about soil health? Mark your calendars for three new Conservation Cropping Seminars coming to your area and don’t miss out on these great opportunities to learn more about cover crop best practices and implementation. Hear from local Ag producers and resource experts who will share information and insights on soil health improvements, cover crop success, and wise nutrient management. Register today!

Visit www.ccswcd.com to register.The $20 fee is payable by check or credit card and includes lunch.

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2014-2015 Cover Crop Demo Plot Locations

Nine different cover crop combinations were planted on Rod Derrer’s farm in Section 16 of Bowling Township. The plot is located ¼ mile east of the corner 134th Ave W and 42nd St W down a small country lane. Signs mark the location. Wheat and straw were harvested and... read more

Summer 2014 Newsletter

Rock Island County SWCD’s Summer 2014 Newsletter is now available!  There is lots of great information for landowners and farm operators in this newsletter!  Download the Summer 2014... read more

MACHINE SHED COVER CROP MEETING AND FIELD TOUR

The Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a Cover Crop Meeting and Field Tour near Reynolds, on Wednesday, June 25th from 5 to 7. A complimentary meal will be served at 5PM and the program will start at 5:30. The program includes a... read more

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter is available for download April 1st Deadline for State Cost-Share Cover Crop Demo Plot and Field Day Other Local Cover Crop Events Tree and Fish Sale Pollinator Native Seed Mix for Sale Flower & Garden Show CRP Mid-Contract Management Crop... read more

Tree Order Deadline is March 20, 2015. Tree pick up is Thursday April 16th and Friday April, 17th from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Grass carp order deadline is April 17th. Remaining fish orders due April 24th. Fish pick up is Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM.